This post is to teach any newbies looking to get started with a curve ball, or for more experienced players.
So to start… When to use it?
You usually pull out the ol’ dirt ball when you’re up in the count (the pitcher). Usually, it comes in an 0-2 or 1-2 count. The reason you don’t throw it in the beginning is because you gotta figure out how good the batter is.
If you can get ahead in the count, then you know the goo-ball can finish that sucker off. If you can’t, try painting those corners like Picasso with 2 seams and 4 seams (with the occasional change-up).
The curve is an easy pitch to hit because you can time it. So, if you’re feeling macho and toss that cork first pitch… expect to be rocked. Can’t tell you how many times this happened to me.
Now let’s look at how to hold it.
Everybody is different, but the easiest way and the way I do it are the same. Hold it like a two-seam but only put pressure on the right side if you’re a righty, left side if you’re a lefty. The horseshoe of the seams should start to curve at your fingertips.
The next part is hard to explain but bare with me… How to throw it.
On your release, you have to snap your fingers. The mindset that helped me is that I have to get the most spin on that ball. This really helps me feel the spin and actually helped me improve mine a lot.
Remember always throw it as hard as you can… don’t baby it!